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Was Columbus a Lithuanian Prince?

By Miltiades Varvounis arvounis WHO WAS CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS? WELL, THE date of his birth, his birthplace, and his parentage are all tangled in obscurity. To this day, no hard evidence tells us exactly where he came from, what his native language was or even his proper name. For unknown reasons, ...

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Cabbage – A Lithuanian favorite

CABBAGE ROLLS Balandėliai – Kopūstainiai 1 large head of green cabbage 1 large onion, chopped 1 lb. ground meat (pork, veal or beef. Ground turkey can be used) 1 egg 1 cup rice, cooked ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper Sauce 1 can Campbell’s tomato soup 1 (15 oz.) can ...

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Rev. Antanas Mackevicius – an Unlikely Lithuanian 1863-1864 Insurrection Leader

By Henry L. Gaidis ALTHOUGH MOST LITHUANIAN Americans are aware of the Soviet and Nazi occupations of Lithuania during World War II and the subsequent heroic partisan struggle, few are aware of the heroic struggle fought by Lithuanian partisans during the 1831 and 1863-1864 insurrections. On three occasions, the Lithuanian ...

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Fish – Can’t have Kūčios without it

FISH CROQUETTES žuvies kotletai 3 lbs. fish (bass. perch, whitefish, etc.) boned and skinned ½ cup breadcrumbs 1 medium onion, grated 3 Tbsps. butter 2 eggs ½ cup milk Salt and pepper to taste To make boning easier, put the fish into hot water for a short time. This sets ...

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Zygmunt Mineyko: the Lithuanian Count of Monte Cristo

By Miltiades Varvounis IN 1795, THE NAME OF LITHUANIA WAS ERASED from the map of the world. Most of the lands of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania were directly annexed by the Russian Empire, and a policy of Russification was fiercely implemented. Describing the horrible Russian occupation of Lithuania, ...

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A pot-pourri of Lithuanian delicacies

CHEESE DUMPLINGS Varškėčiai 3 eggs 1 pound firm cottage cheese (farmers cheese) 1/3 cup farina or cream of wheat ¼ cup flour 1 tsp. sugar Pinch of salt Sour cream or butter for serving In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs, add remaining ingredients and mix well. Set aside in ...

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A Lithuanian Perspective On Napoleon’s 1812 Russia Campaign

by Henry L. Gaidis TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO, Napoleon embarked on his epic 1812 Russia Campaign with high hopes of securing his total control of the European Continent. Although the story of this tragic campaign is known by virtually every high school student, few are aware of Lithuanian involvement in ...

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Šaltibarščiai and other cool soups for a warm summer

COLD BEET SOUP (1) šaltibarščiai (1) 4 cups cold water 2 cups buttermilk 2 cups canned and diced or 3-4 fresh beets, boiled, peeled and diced 2 small cucumbers, peeled and diced 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced ½ cup sour cream Salt and pepper to taste 3 Tbsps. fresh dill, chopped ...

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Tasty appetizers for your Spring entertainment

STUFFED MUSHROOMS Kimšti grybai 10 ounces mushrooms, washed and trimmed 2 Tbsps. butter 3 Tbsps. finely chopped onions 2 Tbsps. fresh parsley 1 cup bread crumbs 1 tsp. mustard ¼ cup grated cheddar or other hard cheese Salt and pepper to taste Dry mushroom caps on paper towel. Chop stems. ...

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The British in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

By Miltiades Varvounis The British in the Grand Duchy  of Lithuania For over five hundred years Britons have visited the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Some came as warriors, others as diplomats, educators or traders, and still others as permanent settlers BRITONS HAVE BEEN VISITING LITHUANIA AND Lithuanians Great Britain since ...

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